Low back pain is caused by injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain). Common causes include improper lifting, poor posture, lack of regular exercise, fracture, ruptured disk, or arthritis.
Welcome to our health education page. Patients can find information and definitions to help them learn about specific or general medical topics and procedures. Below you can read more about each conditions treated. Providers at North Shore Pain Management can also answer any questions you might have?
Many people experience neck pain or discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. In many cases, it’s due to poor posture or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash.
Facial pain is pain felt in any part of the face, including the mouth and eyes. Although it’s normally due to an injury or a headache, facial pain may also be the result of a serious medical condition.
Most cancer pain is caused by the tumor pressing on bones, nerves or other organs in your body. Sometimes pain is related to your cancer treatment. Pain can be caused by cancer itself or by certain treatments.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition most often affecting one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), usually after an injury or trauma to that limb. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.
Joint pain can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions. No matter what causes it, joint pain can be very bothersome.
Lumbar radiculopathy (often known as Sciatica) refers to symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness or weakness that travel down the low back and into the leg or extremity. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and exits the spinal cord as several nerve roots which join to form the sciatic nerve.
Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a “pinched nerve” occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord.
Spinal stenosis can put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves within the spine. It commonly occurs in the neck and lower back. The condition is often caused by age-related wear and tear.
Failed back syndrome or post-laminectomy syndrome is a condition characterized by persistent pain following back surgeries.
Facet syndrome can occur anywhere in the spine. It develops in the small joints located between each vertebra called facet joints. These joints are in constant motion, providing the spine with both the stability and flexibility needed to walk, run, bend, sit, and twist.
This is a condition of the discs between vertebrae with loss of cushioning, fragmentation and herniation related to aging. There may be no symptoms. In some cases, the spine loses flexibility and bone spurs may pinch a nerve root, causing pain or weakness.
Back aches and pains can be a sign that small fractures are occurring in your vertebrae – the bones that form your spine. Soft, weakened bones are at the heart of this problem. Compression fractures are often caused by bone-thinning osteoporosis, especially if you are a postmenopausal woman.
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve, one of the most widely distributed nerves in the head.
PHN is a nerve pain (neuralgia) that persists after a shingles rash has cleared. If your pain from shingles goes but then returns at a later date, this too is called PHN. Shingles is an infection of a nerve and causes a typical rash. It is caused by the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus.
A common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, but it can also result from injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins. Symptoms include pain, a pins-and-needles sensation, numbness, and weakness.
Myofascial pain syndrome is a disorder in which pressure on sensitive points in the muscles causes pain in seemingly unrelated body parts. The syndrome often happens after repeated injury or muscle overuse. Symptoms include persistent pain or a tender muscle knot.
Pelvic pain is discomfort that occurs in the lowest part of the torso, the area below the abdomen and between the hipbones. It does not include pain that occurs externally in the genital area (vulva). Many women have pelvic pain. Pain is considered chronic if it continues to occur for more than 4 to 6 months.
This type of injury can occur, for example, during rear-end automobile collisions. Injuries range from mild to severe. The main symptom is pain in the neck and shoulders.
“Sports injuries” are injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising. Some are from accidents. Others can result from poor training practices or improper gear.
Nerve damage caused by an accident at work, or a job-related repetitive stress injury, is almost always covered by workers’ compensation.
Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment option for many forms of low back pain and leg pain. … In addition to the low back (the lumbar region), epidural steroid injections are used to ease pain experienced in the neck (cervical) region and in the mid spine.
Symptoms of CRPS include severe burning pain, swelling, and skin color changes. A lumbar sympathetic nerve block is a special test to help your doctor find the cause of your symptoms.
An injection into the facet joints can be used to confirm an arthritis diagnosis or treat the pain from spinal osteoarthritis.
The selective nerve root block procedure is an injection of a small amount of steroid and numbing medication around a very specific nerve root/spinal nerve that exits out of the spinal cord.
Joint injection is used to put the medications into the joint. Aspirated joint fluid can help your physician diagnose the cause of the swelling joint.
A discogram, or discography, is an interventional diagnostic imaging test that helps determine whether a specific intervertebral disc may be the source of back pain.
An injection of local anesthetic is used to block the celiac plexus nerves that transmit pain signals from your abdomen to your brain.
The goals of a kyphoplasty surgical procedure are designed to stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.
Percutaneous disc decompression is a minimally invasive, highly effective treatment for low back pain caused by contained herniated discs and protruding discs.
Trigger point injection (TPI) is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax.
Our goal is to improve your ability to return to the activities you have been missing as well as provide a meaningful reduction in pain.